Diane\'s Blog

John Watkins

Professor Ravitch,

I’ve just read your piece in the NYRB re your charter schools and have felt obliged to respond — just about a first for me regarding anything concerning formalised education. At 75-plus and a 40-year career in UK secondary sector state education behind me, I was delighted to read such a relevant, perceptive and sharply focused critique.

Most academic contributions to the public/private debate this side of the pond show a woeful knowledge of the chalkface. We are currently contemplating, with trepidation, the alleged solutions being proposed by Michael Gove, the current holder of the poisoned chalice. It goes without saying that they are not based upon any Finnish model.

All power to your arm and pen.

Hwyl fawr,
John Watkins